21 BMTC buses ferrying school students seized for flouting SC norms

BENGALURU: Close on the heels of the miraculous escape of 52 school students from a BMTC bus that caught fire on December 3, the transport department on Wednesday seized 21 BMTC buses for violating Supreme Court safety norms. The seized buses were ferrying students of Vidyaniketan School on Ullal Road near Mallathahalli. “We found that the buses were operating without first-aid box, side safety grilles and CCTV cameras. Buses were also poorly maintained,” said a senior transport department official. BMTC operates nearly 300 buses to ferry school children. On Saturday,…

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Why many schools prefer BMTC service

Wednesday’s crackdown by the Transport Department comes barely days after a Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus caught fire while ferrying schoolchildren on a picnic. The RTO’s allegation that safety guidelines were not being followed puts the focus on BMTC buses being used to transport students. This is not the first time RTO has undertaken such an exercise. Last year, 10 BMTC buses were stopped and seized temporarily when officials said they had discovered safety violations. These buses were also on contract with a popular private school in the city.…

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